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Sunday, 28th of November, 2010

Playlist 28.11.10 (10:11 pm)

RIP Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle (who essentially invented industrial music), Coil and many other groundbreaking, iconic bands. His loss has sent reverberations through the music world, and tonight we have a big long tribute to him.
LISTEN AGAIN to the show via the link at the bottom of the playlist.

Also a bit of a retrospective on Third Eye Foundation tonight, whose new album is the first under that name for about a decade. We started with a track from his new album, The Dark, and it’s his usual dark drum’n’bass with twisted, warped classical samples and noise.

But we’ll be back to Third Eye Foundation later. For an end of year special, Sydney’s Feral Media and Brisbane’s Lofly have pitted their artists one against the other with an excellent remix compilation called The Strain of Origin (oh, and follow the link – it’s a free download). We had a masterful remix of Brisvegans Aheadphonehome by Sydney postrock band Underlapper, adding their own vocals and production to the mix. And then folktronic postrockers Mr Maps take Sydney stalwart afxjim to Brisneyland via Tchina. Very tasty.

Also a free download is the preview single from Bleeding Heart Narrative‘s new album, due out in the new year. It’s a typically melodic piece with typically broad-ranging instrumentation, featuring the cello of course. The first bhn album was a work of experimentalist genius (and one of my albums of the year for 2008); I’m pleased he’s found his songwriting voice and I hope he continues to be adventurous as well as melodic.

Then we had an interview live-in-studio with Jason Noble from Ensemble Offspring, talking about their Sounds Absurd show happening this Tuesday the 30th of November at 8pm at Carriageworks. We heard clarinet with tin foil, and hands dancing on a table…

Sydney’s only klez-hop band Asthmatix dropped this tune on my earlier in the week; Mickey Morphingaz‘ turntablism mixing with live musicians including Daniel Weltlinger‘s violin to create a deep-fried potato bread…

James Blake has been doing my head in for some time now. I’m not as huge a fan of his last couple of tunes, which are a bit more straight r’n’b, leaning less on the chopped-up samples and minimal stop-start 2step beats; but this tune from earlier this year not only has a great beat and a great drop-out, but the latter part of the song features an absolutely gorgeous keyboard harmony and bassline.

An unreleased remix by brael of part timer, which will probably appear on a limited remix disc with his new album, also features a subtly funky beat.

And a remix can then introduce us back to Third Eye Foundation. Matt Elliott worked with Chris Adams aka Bracken‘s other band Hood in the ’90s, producing a couple of albums for them. The 2007 remix album for Bracken featured this surprise appearance from 3ef, who hadn’t been heard from since the early ’00s — Elliott had gone on to release a number of albums of queasy gypsy-influenced sea shanties, which were fascinating but not quite as beguiling as his amazing work under the Third Eye Foundation.
Since the mid-’90s, Matt Elliott overlaid his breakneck drum’n’bass beats and dub bass with vari-speed classical samples, howling moans and noise. I tried to take in a fair bit of his career, including one remix of many, one which didn’t make it onto his remix album I poopoo on your juju. An auspicious career altogether, and the return of 3ef is welcome. Let’s hope it’s back to stay.

Harmonious bec were a fortunate discovery via the latest of Wire Magazine‘s Wire Tapper compilations. They’re a mysterious Japanese duo made up of entities known as “ZaMa Roo” and “from Vapor to Water”, along with some guests. It’s an awesome find, and congrats to Monotreme Records (UK label, despite the name) for putting them out. I hear echoes of Mice Parade inside the very Japanese take on electronica, postrock, instrumental hip-hop and even bits of drum’n’bass. Very nice.

And now we get to our tribute to the life and creations of Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, who passed away earlier this week. I’m no great expert, and don’t know a lot of the earlier work of industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle, so we heard something from their 2007 album, post-reformation and pre-breakup, a mixture of beauty and horror as always.
But it’s his work with Jhonn Balance (and many others) as Coil which I’m a huge fan of. So we go back to 1986 first, then hear a classic tune in two different versions. Then we’re in 1995 with a couple of amazing remixes: Trent Reznor was a huge fan of theirs and gave them some good support; Scorn‘s Ellipsis remix album is uniformly excellent, and Coil’s mix is dark and long.
Finally we head to their two musick to play in the dark albums, from 1999 and 2000. These are absolutely essential albums of glitch, dark ambient, post-gothic electronic wondrousness. Yes, you heard me.
I had to foreshorten a few of these tracks, for which I feel sad, but it was the only way to fit in even this insufficient amount of music… Sleazy will be sorely missed.

Third Eye Foundation – Pareidolia [Ici d’ailleurs]
Aheadphonehome – The Rattle (Underlapper remix) [Feral Media/Lofly] {free download from Feral Media Bandcamp!}
afxjim – The T in Tchina (Mr Maps remix) [Feral Media/Lofly] {free download from Feral Media Bandcamp!}
Bleeding Heart Narrative – Perun [Tartaruga] {free download single from the label!}
…interview with Jason Noble from Ensemble Offspring
Asthmatix – LATKE [unreleased]
James Blake – Footnotes [R&S Records]
part timer – where we used to go (brael remix) [forthcoming on Lost Tribe Sound?]
Bracken – Heathens (Third Eye Foundation‘s Step it out of Lebanon remix) [no label/Anticon]
Third Eye Foundation – Science fiction [Domino]
Third Eye Foundation – For all the brothers and sisters [Domino]
Suncoil Sect – Counterculture (remixed by Third Eye Foundation) [Secret Agent Records]
Third Eye Foundation – What is it with you [Domino]
Matt Elliott – You spooked the horses Parts 1 + 2 [Domino]
Matt Elliott – Trying to Explain [Ici d’ailleurs]
Third Eye Foundation – If You Treat Us All Like Terrorists We Will Become Terrorists [Ici d’ailleurs]
Harmonious bec – Shunrai [Monotreme Records]
Harmonious bec – Asahigoaka [Monotreme Records]
Throbbing Gristle – Rabbit Snare [Mute]
Coil – Ostia (The Death of Pasolini) [Force & Form/Some Bizarre/Threshold House]
Coil – Teenage Lightning II [Wax Trax!/TVT Records/Threshold House]
Coil – Teenage Lightning 2005 [Threshold House]
Nine Inch Nails – the downward spiral (the bottom – coil with danny hyde) [Nothing/Interscope]
Scorn – Dreamspace (Coil – “Shadow vs Executioner” mix) [Earache]
Coil – The Dreamer Is Still Asleep [Threshold House]
Coil – Paranoid Inlay [Threshold House]

Listen again — ~ 177MB


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Sunday, 21st of November, 2010

Playlist 21.11.10 (10:02 pm)

Some interesting sounds tonight from both local and overseas sources, including an entire 20 minutes, over 5 tracks, from an excellent local EP.
LISTEN AGAIN by scrolling to the bottom of the playlist, and then read along!

Started with US label Lost Tribe Sound’s first compilation, Volume One, which features a few great Australian artists. Cock & Swan, though, are from Seattle (Washington state, not DC as I’d thought), and they’re actually an electric and even electronic group, but this acoustic version of one of their songs is very pretty!
Melbourne’s Part Timer follows, with a track featuring a couple of his frequent collaborators, both of whom are familiar to UFog listeners.
He sent me a couple of exclusive new tracks recently — first is a remix of the Lost Tribe Sound track with his usual nice clicky beat, and then an even more head-nodding beat for a remix of Lost Tribe peeps Tokyo Bloodworm.

And from last week’s New Weird Australia compilation, Shoeb Ahmad has an almost indie tune!

Next up, something of an epic from a new Sydney duo, Domeyko/Gonzalez, whose debut EP is psych/krautrock in sound & attitude, 5 tracks with nothing much in the way of separations — in fact, any small gaps that there are happen in the middle of the tracks. So I played all 20 minutes, from the beginning’s chants through postrock, something with an almost housey beat, and raucous noise.

I’ve been meaning to play something from Grün’s debut EP, back when they were Greenland, for a while. It’s as good as their new album, and surprisingly matched the tempo of the dub/rock/drum’n’bass of The Blood of Heroes, who featured a couple of weeks ago on the show. Find that playlist for the full low-down, but these two tracks had the familiar onslaught of Enduser’s beats.

Keeping it drum’n’bass (of a sort), we head to Dntel’s earliest works, and some recent reworkings: I can’t find out specifically who AKiko is, so I haven’t provided a link (sorry!) but it’s a very nice skittery remix of one of Jimmy Tamborello’s earliest Dntel tracks. We then heard one of those, as skittery as you’d want and very very lovely.

Skittery is what Grasscut’s remixes on the Ninja Tune XX are too — of both Jaga Jazzist and (even moreso) Coldcut. Embarrassingly, it was only after hearing these tracks that I went back and found Grasscut’s album from earlier this year. With elements of Tunng and Sweet Billy Pilgrim in their evocation of the English countryside and the sound of the Britain of bygone years, mixed like those acts with electronic production techniques, it’s great stuff.

From England to the west coast of the USA, we join Gonjasufi with a track from his remix album; but it’s a trick, because the remixer is Glasgow’s Dam Mantle, who straddles the US wonky sound, East London dubstep and the purple sound of Glasgow. Both this remix and his own track from tonight are pretty heavy on the bass, and also heavily chopped.

And with some bass drops of their own, Future Sound of London delve back into their archives again for the 6th volume, still dredging up some wondrous sounds. They may not be the “future” anymore, but then the future is now innit!

From the futuristic present, another track from Skjølbrot, featured a couple of weeks ago on the show. His album comes highly recommended from these quarters.

The Digitalis label brings us Roll The Dice, from Stockholm — a Swedish take on the hypnotic analogue synth music we’re being treated to these days. I will be playing more of these guys in future shows.

Next up, a bit of a Brian Eno special. This despite the fact that I’ve expressed ambivalence about his new album, in collaboration with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams. I love Jon Hopkins, and those sections where his influence shines out are particularly great; but I’ve never warmed to Eno’s ambient work, and so a lot of this just leaves me unmoved.
So we heard a few other Eno collaborations – first, Talking Heads’s finest hour, produced by Eno, with post-punk funk guitar riffs, layered vocals and cross-rhythms galore. Then more David Byrne with Eno, from their justly famed album of the following year, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, in which they cut up miles of taped radio recordings — found sounds and mainly crazy American preachers. This track, though, has Muslim sources, and was left off every version of the album after the first, sadly.
And finally, from my late high-school (and therefore formative) years, Eno with John Cale, on which their two voices mesh uncannily well, and Cale layers beautiful violin/viola lines.

And so to strings. From the same album we sampled last week, Ryuichi Sakamoto arranges his work for piano trio, and in particular here the legendary Brazilian cellist Jaques Morelenbaum acquits himself brilliantly with wild cello noise in the middle.
And also following on from last week, Paris-based American cellist Zach Miskin here pairs up with violinist and electronic musician Todd Reynolds for a rhythmic piece from his new album.

The harmonics in the previous track led very nicely into a piece from Littoral Plain, which is a solo project of Peter Richardson from legendary ’80s Australian band The Makers of the Dead Travel Fast. It’s electronic music that couldn’t quite have been made in the 1980s, but seems pleasingly anacronistic in the here and now as well. Definitely recommended that you check him out on SoundCloud.

To finish, whiz-kids Collarbones remix another whiz-kid, Sydney’s electronic punk upstart Simo Soo. It’s all chopped and screwed in the contemporary fashion, just how we like it.

Cock & Swan – Unrecognized (Acoustic) [Lost Tribe Sound]
Part Timer – Unfound (feat. Aaron Martin & Heidi Elva) [Lost Tribe Sound]
Part Timer – Unfound remix [unreleased]
Tokyo Bloodworm – Mergers and Acquisitions (Part Timer remix) [unreleased]
Shoeb Ahmad – Out Of Breath [New Weird Australia] {download free at Bandcamp!}
Domeyko/Gonzalez – Shadow March [Death Strobe Records]
Domeyko/Gonzalez – I. Eschatol; II. Memory Center; III. Unanchor [Death Strobe Records]
Domeyko/Gonzalez – Exit Being [Death Strobe Records]
Grün (Greenland) – secret rat and the bag of happiness [Gizeh/Laughing Outlaw]
The Blood of Heroes – Chains [Ohm Resistance]
The Blood of Heroes – Salute to the Jugger [Ohm Resistance]
dntel – termites in the bathtub (AKiko: Off to Slumberland mix) [Phthalo]
dntel – loneliness means having no one to miss [Phthalo]
Jaga Jazzist – Toccata (Grasscut Remix) [Ninja Tune]
Grasscut – High Down [Ninja Tune]
Grasscut – The Tin Man [Ninja Tune]
Coldcut – Sound Mirrors (Grasscut dub) [Ninja Tune]
Gonjasufi – Ageing (Dam Mantle remix) [Warp]
Dam Mantle – D2 [Growing Records]
Future Sound of London – Then Departed [Jumpin’ & Pumpin’]
Future Sound of London – Protractor [Jumpin’ & Pumpin’]
Skjølbrot – Idle Fleet [self-released]
Roll The Dice – The New Black [Digitalis]
Brian Eno with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams – Horse [Warp]
Talking Heads – The Great Curve [Sire]
David Byrne & Brian Eno – Qu’ran [not on the remastered version of My Life In The Bush of Ghosts. See discussion & links of possible interest here]
Brian Eno/John Cale – Spinning Away [Hannibal]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – 1919 (piano trio version from 1996 with Jaques Morelenbaum, cello, Everton Nelson, violin) [Milan]
Zach Miskin – Seatbelt Assembly (feat. Todd Reynolds) [Naïve]
Littoral Plain – Events Emit Time [self-released] {download from SoundCloud!}
Simo Soo – I Smashed My Face (Collarbones rmx) [Lesstalk Records]

Listen again — ~ 173MB


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Sunday, 14th of November, 2010

Playlist 14.11.10 (10:09 pm)

Inch-time interview tonight, and lots of amazing musics from around the world. The Inch-time interview is available as a separate download here ~ 40.9MB.
LISTEN AGAIN via the link at the bottom, like always.

Our friends at New Weird Australia have a new free download comp out. This time it’s The Sound Of Young Canberra, compiled by Shoeb of hellosQuare and Tim of Dream Damage, and has a nice range of stuff from experimental through to jangly pop.
Shoeb’s duo Spartak with Evan Dorrian is one of the most exciting groups around at the moment if I may say, and this song is proof if you need it – indie vocals, jazzy post-rock drums, jangly guitars, plenty of electronic. Yeah it helps that it’s got such a big Hood influence :)
Bum Creek are an even weirder creature, three Canberrans now based in Melbourne (one of them plays with Pikelet), but I was surprised that this was in essence more like a song (a freaky song) and less noisy and random than I’d expected.

Nice to have a new EP or mini-album from 65daysofstatic, hot on the heels of their album We Were Exploding Anyway. The Heavy Sky EP is heavy on their post-rock technoisms, but has some particularly nice touches at the end, with a brief bit of their good ol’ drum’n’bass madness, and then a track combining grainy, glitchy guitarscapes with some nice rock beats, and a long outro. Very fine indeed.

We’re still on the case with the amazing Digitalis label (more next week!), and here we have purveyor of weird experimental Americana, Scott Tuma. He’s actually really hard to pin down — ambient field recording-esque pieces segue into delicate bells and then almost country blues guitar, but then we have epic drone pieces as well. It’s beautiful, and UFog loves and artist you can’t pin down.

Next up we had in the end quite an epic special on Adelaide folktronic/electronic artist Inch-time, who dropped by a couple of weeks ago in the two days he had in Sydney on the way from a wedding back to his current adopted home of London. Interspersed in the interview (which you can download above) were a whole lof of his tunes from across his career, which is one I’ve been following since his very first release. A few excellent remixes from his recent album also appear in there, as discussed on previous shows.

I’ve been waiting all week to play you the next couple of songs – Shearwater’s electronic/post-rock improv album! All instrumental tracks, combining their customary beauty with some more loose and adventurous arrangements. Definitely worth a garner, and as it’s on Bandcamp, you can stream it in its entirety right there, and buy for only USD$10.

And, as I am wont to do, I just had to play one track from an album I rediscovered this week – tracking it down on the internets, having had it in the family’s record collection back in 1996. That year, Japanese legend, composer, electronic music pioneer and inveterate collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto put out an album named after the year, rendering his soundtracks and other music in wonderful piano trio arrangements. One of the other tracks has a brilliantly wild cello solo that I might just have to play some other night for you.

This brought us nicely into a rather wonderful cello album by Paris-based American Zach Miskin, aided by his friends from The Books, Clogs/The National and elsewhere. I’m definitely going to play more next week, as these tracks garnered a good reaction from listeners. Great cello playing, typical Books production on the first track, and lovely compositions. I was perhaps slightly disappointed that Miskin isn’t writing his own stuff, but he’s being far more adventurous than your typical classical cellist (this isn’t a put-down — your typical professional classical cellist is able to marry technical proficiency with exquisite musical expression, and highly worthy of your respect, youngster!) and probably has a sizeable hand in the arrangements.
We also heard a beautiful Clogs song from earlier this year, featuring (I believe) Padma on vocals.

Next, we head to the scary and thrilling climes of Portland, Maine, with the wierdest & wonderfullest folk/Americana/postrock/weirdass Cerberus Shoal, whose latest album An Ongoing DING is a holdover from a number of years back, finally seeing the light of day courtesy of a Japanese label called iscollagecollective. The CD can be mailordered from the label (as I did), or you can get a download via CD Baby. It’s a pretty good intro to the band, in fact, in which their amazing folksy vocal harmonies and arrangements (more recently in follow-up groups Fire on Fire and Big Blood) with strangely-intoned spoken word passages over abstract electronic bleeps, and extended prog-punk freakouts. Odd in just the right way.

Meredith Godreau, aka Gregory & the Hawk, has a couple of albums under her belt now, produced by Adam Pierce of Mice Parade. She’s got a bit of the Joanna Newsoms to her (not just because she plays the harp, but also in her vocal inflexions); but she has a distinctive voice and some great songs are buoyed by excellent arrangements.

We are brought from this songwriter territory into dark electronica, dubstep and breaks via the opening sequence of tracks from Cursor Miner’s new album. Over four tracks we span some dark guitar-pop, wobbly world-beats, heavy dubstep and breaks. It recalls Tim Exile a bit in its electronic songwriting, although Cursor Miner is an even more gregarious genre-hopper.
Heavy ain’t heavy, however, next to the basslines and sampled vocals of Matta, brought to us by Germany’s afficionados of the dark & heavy, Ad Noiseam.

Starkey has a new EP out, complete with an array of excellent remixes. His latest collaboration with vocalist Anneka is remixed a few times, and fellow Planet µ artist Rudi Zygadlo here turns in a very pretty reworking, complete with classical piano.

Second-last is Dam Mantle, who like Zygadlo hails from Glasgow, but makes wonky beats of a rather LA persuasion (with his own twist). Indeed he turned in an excellent remix for LA’s Gonjasufi earlier this year. The album samples from some MIDIfied classical music, and chops and screws everything in the contemporary fashion. I’m really warming to it, after initially not hearing quite what I was expecting.

And finally, we have the first outing from the forthcoming debut album from Sydney’s Ghoul. With Ivan Vižintin’s distinctive vocals, and glitchy wonky beats, this is killer, and suggests that their new album will be one of a suite of brilliant new Sydney releases for the start of next year, alongside Seekae and (well, one half of) Collarbones.

Spartak – Nightshift (Version) [New Weird Australia] {free download from The Sound Of Young Canberra comp on Bandcamp!}
Bum Creek – Bollywood [New Weird Australia] {free download from The Sound Of Young Canberra comp on Bandcamp!}
65daysofstatic – Beats Like A Helix [Hassle Records]
65daysofstatic – Guitar Cascades [Hassle Records]
Scott Tuma – Free Dirt [Digitalis]
Inch-time – red in green [self-released; re-released by Static Caravan]
…interview with Inch-time. Excerpts from the tracks “Kyoto (autumn leaves)”, “Icicles and Snowflakes” and pimmon’s “Silver Needle”, all on Static Caravan
Inch-time – No Need To Sign Your Name [Static Caravan]
…interview with Inch-time. Excerpts from “Thought Objects (Part II)”, “Auroroa in Dub”, “Suspensions”, all on Static Caravan
Inch-time – Videograms [Static Caravan]
…last part of interview with Inch-time. Excerpts from “Two Courtesans (Old Growth in Asia Mix)”, “Of Times Past (Icarus Wow and Flutter Mix)”…
Inch-time – X-Ray Eyes (Spartak’s Sly Eye Version) [Mystery Plays Records]
Shearwater – Shearwater is Enron (1) / Shearwater is Enron (2) [self-released through Shearwater Bandcamp!]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (piano trio version from 1996 [Milan]
Zach Miskin – But I Grabbed a Branch (feat. Nick Zammuto from The Books) [Naïve]
Zach Miskin – Long Winter (feat. Bryce Dessner and Padma Newsome of Clogs/The National) [Naïve]
Clogs – Red Seas [Brassland]
Cerberus Shoal – Me No No Show You There [iscollagecollective]
Cerberus Shoal – I’ve nothing left [iscollagecollective]
Gregory & the Hawk – Stone Wall Stone Fence [Fat Cat]
Gregory & the Hawk – Landscapes [Fat Cat]
Cursor Miner – Reject [Uncharted Audio]
Cursor Miner – The Golem of Bognor Regis [Uncharted Audio]
Cursor Miner – The Man With the Transparent Face [Uncharted Audio]
Cursor Miner – Mad Cow (Intensively Farmed Version) [Uncharted Audio]
Matta – Mass [Ad Noiseam]
Starkey – Paradise (feat. Anneka) (Rudi Zygadlo remix) [Civil Music]
Dam Mantle – Broken Slumber [Growing Records]
Ghoul – 3Mark [Speak N Spell] {download free from Inertia!}

Listen again — ~ 173MB


Sunday, 7th of November, 2010

Playlist 07.11.10 (10:13 pm)

Oh what lovely musics for you tonight!
LISTEN AGAIN via the link at the bottom, of course!

We started with the beauty of Nosaj Thing, remixed by Dntel, who (since his first few releases) can be a bit hit-and-miss, but turns in a really classy mix here. I was a little suspicious of hearing these distinctive, melodic tunes remixed, but there are a bunch of top class tracks, a couple more of which I played later on.

AOKI Takamasa has made some great glitchy hip-hop in his time, as well as collaborating with Tujiko Noriko. His Raster-Noton release is totally appropriate for that label – minimal sound sources, impeccably programmed together into facsimile hip-hop. Very nice.
Also minimalist, on the same label, is Kangding Ray’s tribute to the Pruitt Igoe housing complex. Somehow. Very nice beats and sounds on the original, and our very own Ben Frost adds his signature low-end snarls for his remix.

While Danish trio System have made minimal dubby techno in the past, their new album explores all sorts of sounds, including a dubstep influence, and the track we heard tonight was fabulously full-bodied ambient.

Heading south to The Netherlands, we meet up with well-established UFog faves Funckarma, who have a new EP on a new label (as is their wont), with one track of excellent acid techno, and then one piece of nice heavy dubstep. In between, one of the brothers, Roel Funcken, gives us a bonus track from his new EP (and see below — you can download it for free), in which he goes in a very drum’n’bass direction.

And back to Nosaj Thing. Low Limit’s remix preserves a lot of the original, while equally taking in a great aqua-crunk direction… Meanwhile, Jon Hopkins puts his imprint all over his remix, and I strongly recommend watching the rather disturbing video — a very impressive realisation of a track which has a fantastic musical narrative to it.

While the following track has more of a link with Nosaj, I thought we ought to hear the latest self-released track from Various, a very nice Massive Attack-style dubstep cover of The xx. Yes.

But, Nosaj Thing has produced tracks for Busdriver, who also performs a bizarre mostly-a capella remix of Nosaj on his Comuter Cooties mixtape. Nosaj label-mate Free The Robots produced the fun track we heard tonight, and as you can see below, the “mixtape” is a free download from Busdriver’s site!
Lately, Busdriver seems to be leaning towards actually singing, and his Physical Forms band is, well, a band. With songs. One such song is on a new 7” on Polyvinyl Records, but I was more taken by his collaborative song with Deerhoof. Very nice.

Anticon originals Themselves turned out a new album last year, and we now have the remix album. I felt the album was a little lacklustre, but there are certainly at least a couple of very strong remixes here. You can rely on Alias for punchy beats and great production; and it’s nice that “Daxstrong” gets remixed by Dax Pierson and Themselves’ collaboration with The Notwist, 13&god.

That pretty, glitchy track leads nicely into fieldhead, who has a live album out for as little as $0 (see link below)! His sound translates most excellently to the live arena, ably aided by Sarah Kemp (brave timbers) and others.

But this week’s exciting find is Skjølbrot, who despite this name is actually Dan Bennett from the UK. With piano and other instruments combining with wonderfully abstract noises and possibly field recordings, this is a sublime debut (or sort-of debut) and well worth getting hold of (direct from the artist!)

We had one abrasive track from last week’s feature, Foetus, showing his industrial heritage, and then went on to a piece of bizarre funk from the wonderful Cerberus Shoal, whose “new” album (an unreleased album from a few years back) is winging its way from a little Japanese label as we speak. Hopefully something from that next week!

Aaron Martin appears twice tonight. First off, a solo track from the highly-recommended Lost Tribe Sound Volume One compilation — this is Aaron at his most ravishing, layered cello and electronic sounds. He has a new project with singer Dawn Smithson called Winter’s Day, and we heard a track also featuring layered cello under her beautiful folky voice.

I’m still getting a lot out of the long-awaited debut album from Sydney post-rockers Grün. The first track I played tonight starts with classic piano melodies and guitar textures, but ends up going all-out with waves of distortion — nice! And later, the almost-ten-minute epic that I played a couple of weeks back, lovely dubby delays; doesn’t drag on despite its length.

Speaking of dub, The Blood of Heroes is a bit of a supergroup that I somehow missed earlier in the year. On Enduser’s Ohm Resistance label, featuring ace breakcore/drum’n’bass programming from the man himself and Kurt Submerged melding perfectly with the heavy shoegazey guitars of Justin K Broadrick, the bass of Bill Laswell, and the Brooklyn dub vocals of Dr Israel, along with some live drummers and more electronics. It’s the sortof seeming hodge-podge that should be worthy but uninteresting (especially, it has to be said, with Laswell present), but instead it’s actually very good indeed. I’m a sucker for the Jesu guitar sound anyway, and love hearing it with heavy drum’n’bass and dub beats, and while Dr Israel’s vocals could be a bit gratuitous, they remind me (in context) somewhat of the more dubby aspects of Pop Will Eat Itself — in a good way.

I had the honour of playing on Saturday night at Gail Priest’s album launch, and she did a crackin’ great live set, with vocals and live electronics. We heard a very spooky track tonight from that new album.
And finally, Adelaide’s Inch-time, currently resident in London, dropped by last week and had a chat, which I’ll be putting to air next week along with a special on his music, which has been heard on this show since the very early days. His new remix album is very fine indeed, and Isan turn in a gorgeous sparkly ambient mix to close the show.

Nosaj Thing – Us (Dntel remix) [Alpha Pup]
AOKI Takamasa – RN3-09 [Raster-Noton]
Kangding Ray – Pruitt Igoe (Fall) [Raster-Noton]
Kanging Ray – Pruitt Igoe (Ben Frost Demolition) [Raster-Noton]
System – Meadow And Stuff [Rump Recordings]
Funckarma – TRrnt [Shipwrec]
Roel Funcken – Stay Gond [Eat Concrete] {download free from Eat Concrete!}
Funckarma – Spud Bencer [Shipwrec]
Nosaj Thing – Quest (Low Limit remix) [Alpha Pup]
Nosaj Thing – Us (Jon Hopkins remix) [Alpha Pup] {watch the creepy and beautiful video here}
Various – Infinity [Various]
Busdriver – Unibrow (feat. Free The Robots) [self-released] {from Computer Cooties mixtape – download free for an email!}
Deerhoof (feat. Busdriver) – I Did Crimes Behind Your Eyelids [Polyvinyl Records]
themselves – gangster of disbelief (remixed by, alias) [anticon]
themselves – daxstrong (13&god remix) [anticon]
fieldhead – of october (live) [Gizeh Records] {download from Bandcamp! (name your price)}
fieldhead – document one (live) [Gizeh Records] {download from Bandcamp! (name your price)}
Skjølbrot – Rue Victor Masse to Gare d’Austerlitz [self-released]
Skjølbrot – Ballad of Windfarming / Emma [self-released]
Foetus – You’re Trying To Break Me [Ectopic Ents]
Cerberus Shoal – My And My Dead Head: Train Car Nursery [North East Indie]
Aaron Martin – Sea Wasp [Lost Tribe Sound]
Winter’s Day (Aaron Martin & Dawn Smithson) – Pepperbox [Morc Records]
Grün – among the bad apes [Laughing Outlaw Records]
The Blood of Heroes – Blinded [Ohm Resistance]
The Blood of Heroes – Remain [Ohm Resistance]
Grün – beyond consideration of style and taste [Laughing Outlaw Records]
Gail Priest – The Dark Entrance [Endgame Records]
Inch-time – Suspensions (Isan Inches-per-second Remix) [Mystery Plays Records]

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